Many DUI defendants do not realize how much being convicted of driving under the influence can cost. But, it’s important to understand the expenses that you may incur as a result of a DUI charge or conviction. John L. Buckley, a criminal defense lawyer in Denver, breaks down some of the costs below:
Alcohol Education Classes
Defendants are often required to complete an alcohol education course if they are convicted of driving under the influence. Not only do these courses take a lot of time to complete, but they also cost money. According to the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), these courses can cost anywhere from $150 to $1,000. Learn more about the cost of DUI
Ignition Interlock Rental
Another expense that DUI defendants often forget about is the ignition interlock rental fees. Defendants will be required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicles in order to regain their driving privileges. However, these devices are not cheap. The amount that you will end up paying depends on how long the court orders you to have one of these devices on your car. But, CDOT estimates that it could cost you around $970 total.
Having a DUI on your record will also increase your auto insurance rates. Why? Insurance companies calculate rates based on risk. If you are convicted of DUI, the insurance company will view you as a high-risk driver, which means they will charge you more for coverage. It typically takes years for insurance rates to drop back down, so you may end up spending an extra $1,000 to $3,000 on insurance coverage in the meantime.
The court may order you to pay fines if you are convicted of DUI. The amount that you will have to pay will vary depending on a number of factors, including your prior criminal record. For example, first time offenders may be ordered to pay a fine between $600-$1,000 while second time offenders may have to pay up to $1,500.
DUI defendants are often sentenced to probation instead of jail. Everyone that is sentenced to probation will have to pay a probation supervision fee, which can cost up to $1,200. This is yet another sizable expense that you will be responsible for if you are convicted.
There are various other fees that DUI defendants will have to pay. For instance, defendants will have to pay a court fee that is approximately $25. They will also need to make a $33 payment to the victim compensation fund and a $25 payment to the victim impact panel. Although each individual fee is not much, these small expenses can quickly add up.
If you are arrested and charged with DUI, it’s in your best interest to get in touch with the Law Office of John Buckley right away. Our criminal defense attorneys will work tirelessly to defend your rights and ensure you receive the best legal representation possible. Contact John L. Buckley
as soon as possible to schedule a legal consultation regarding your DUI case.